The Berlin Marathon, first initiated in 1974, is a major marathon. The official marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards) is set up as a city-wide road race where professional athletes and amateur sportsmen jointly participate. First initiated in 1974 the event takes place on the last weekend in September.

This year 40,827 runners have enrolled as starters from 107 countries, 35,913 official finishers and more than one million spectators in 2008 the Berlin marathon is one of the largest and most popular road races in the world. Along with four other venues it forms the World Marathon Majors, a series offering a $1 million prize purse to be split equally between the top male and female marathoners.

The most marathon world records for men and women have been set at the Berlin course. In 2008 a new record was set by Haile Gebrselassie while the fourth best time in a women marathon was set by Irina Mikitenko at the Berlin Marathon.

Running in aid of the UK Autism Foundation is Oliver Sloane-Sloboda, joining many thousands of runners who are fundraising for charities.

To support Oliver Sloane-Sloboda please see his JUST GIVING page –

http://www.justgiving.com/Oliver-Sloane-Sloboda

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